Metro Chairman Evans says no plans for separate cars for hate group

Elias Hubbard
August 8, 2018

A Unite The Right rally will take place in Washington, D.C. on August 12 and to prepare, D.C. Metro is considering providing white nationalists separate train cars to avoid violent clashes with counter protesters.

Reports emerged last week that Metro officials were considering providing separate trains for those attending the "white civil rights" rally, citing safety concerns.

"Sources have shared with ATU Local 689 that a hate group with Ku Klux Klan affiliation will be provided three private Metro rail cars and police escort to Foggy Bottom Metro Station for the "Unite the Right" 2018 rally", ATU Local 698 said in a statement.

"Metro will not be providing a special train or special vehicle for anyone next Sunday", Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans told The Washington Post on Saturday.

Following the allegations that Unite the Right is definitively receiving special transit accommodations devoted just to them, Metro released a statement regarding the security plans that have not-yet been set in stone.

The union opposed the special treatment for a hate group, saying that's where it draws the line, especially because more than 80 percent of its workers are people of color.

"As we do for all events of this nature, Metro is working collaboratively with law enforcement to ensure safe travel for our customers and employees".

The "Unite the Right" rally is set to take place in Lafayette Square on August 12 and is defined as a "white civil rights" rally with the goal of "protesting civil rights abuse in Charlottesville".

"It certainly puts the workers at risk, but again I can't stress enough this is unprecedented", said union spokesperson David Stephen. "Here we are in Washington D.C., the home of the president of the United States".

During the rally, a white supremacist, 21-year-old James Fields Jr., rammed his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

The rally is being led by the same people that led the deadly demonstration of the same name a year ago in Charlottesville.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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